Episode of "The Dinah Shore Show" from around 1952.
Songs: Good Morning, I hear Music, Sugar Bush and The Umbrella Man
With 'The Notables' and Art Baker as announcer.
The show was written, directed and produced by Alan Handley in Hollywood.
Includes commercials for Chevrolet.
May 15, 2012 Subject:
Watched them all
Yes, I watched every one of Dinah's shows that was available to television sets in the Los Angeles area. There will never be another Dinah, and today there is still not a real Chevrolet as we used to be able to get, manufactured. They are gone! Yes, automobiles with the Chevrolet Bow-Tie, but not the quality machines they used to make. I could listen to Dinah sing forever, even searched for over thirty years for the record of her doing "StowA-way," whis is on this site. Truly one of the greats.
You can tell they were still learning what worked and what didn't. The music is largely novelty vocal pop numbers, and it may have been a good idea to include a serious "broken heart" sort of song to add variety.
Live television is fun because the cast and crew only had one chance to get it right. A couple of missed/flat notes are actually a welcomed relief in today's era of auto-tune ("pitch-corrected" artists were comparatively rare in the 1950s, and we know Dinah Shore wasn't one of them, as live recordings like this show). The script is silly but decent. The Chevrolet commercial is decent and features the "Body by Fisher" note that seems to appear in almost every old Chevrolet/General Motors commercial.
"Sugarbush" was a pretty big hit in the early 1950s. "Umbrella Man", not the Partridge Family song, is a catchy piece of fluff. Dinah ends the episode with a quick version of the legendary/infamous advertising jingle "See the USA in the Chevrolet".
Each of the major 15-minute live music shows were different to each other. Perry's was the most relaxed, Eddie's was the most teen-aimed, Tony's was the most broadway-like, ect ect.
Though the picture quality is blurry, the sound is good, and I am glad zigoto (I think) uploaded it.
Dinah Shore in any form is always fun to watch.
I am interested in how many other episodes of this show exist. A quick search shows that at least 17 other episodes of this 15-minute series are extant.
In addition, I am convinced "See the USA in Your Chevrolet" is one of the best advertising songs ever.